The main thing for me was how I used my ‘discretionary’ time, and I worked out that I’d got about 30 hours each week which I was using for watching television, playing computer games and stuff (and squeezing around that stuff I wanted to do). I’d heard somebody say “as the weeks go, so the months go. As the months go, so the year goes” and the context was about using time more intentionally.
So I had a think, and decided that there were 7 areas which I’d like to try to spend four hours on each, each week. I chose Spirtuality, Exercise, Creative, Reading, Chores, Professional and Relationships. I can fill in half-hour blocks with my coloured pencils, and as the week goes on I can see where I’ve not been spending much time in a week, and grab a bit more time reading (or doing chores!).
I included on the same page a little bit for recording things to be grateful for, to give me something to look back on; a ‘fruit and veg’ tracker because I want to get better with my diet and a ‘sleep’ tracker because I know I’m bad there, and want to find out how bad!
The other big bit is ‘accomplishments’. I’ve never found to-do lists great, because they sit there accusing me, and don’t help with my procrastination. But elsewhere in my journal I’ve got lists of objectives (household, website, game development etc). Each Sunday afternoon when I get ready and draw up a page for the coming week, I pick three or four things that I’d like to accomplish that week. Mostly three things. Then I tick them off when I do them. If I accomplish extra things in the week I write them in and take credit for them
I’ll attach a photo of the first two weeks in March. I find the small amount of pleasure I get from a little bit of colouring encourages me to keep it all up - and it is proving genuinely useful for me.